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Thứ Sáu, 25 tháng 10, 2019

Butterfly Network launches new software for portable US.

By AuntMinnie.com staff writers


October 24, 2019 -- Portable ultrasound developer Butterfly Network has released Butterfly Enterprise, a series of software tools designed to improve the integration of point-of-care ultrasound into hospital workflow.
Butterfly Enterprise allows clinicians to scan, document, upload, and review patient ultrasound data acquired using the company's Butterfly iQ portable ultrasound device directly from their mobile phones.
The software seamlessly integrates ultrasound data with existing hospital medical systems, including electronic medical record (EMR) systems and PACS, Butterfly said.
The workflow features of Butterfly Enterprise also enable medical organizations to create, simplify, and centralize quality assurance and credentialing processes, and ultimately expand their point-of-care ultrasound programs, according to the company.




Outlook: Butterfly’s iQ

As a very recent innovative start-up, the Butterfly Network's handheld ultrasound device features a silicon chip (2D array, 9000 micro-machined sensors) instead of piezoelectric crystals to induce ultrasound waves (“Ultrasound-on-Chip technology”). This allows it to emulate curved, linear, or phased transducers at any time in M-, B-mode or colour Doppler with 2–30 cm scan depth. It weighs only 0.313 kg and is connected to a smartphone. The battery run time is 120 minutes and the wireless full recharge takes up to 5 hours. Moreover, the ultrasound findings can be uploaded to the Butterfly Cloud, so any expert with access can help evaluate the sonographic findings. By using artificial intelligence algorithms, the position of the probe can be adjusted to meet the requirements of the user (Figs. 89).


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Butterfly’s iQ emulate phased transducers: Cardiac imaging including M-Mode (a) and four chamber view with colour Doppler (b)


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Butterfly’s iQ emulate curved transducers: B-scan ultrasound (a) and colour Doppler (b) of a liver haemangioma
Healthcare workers or paramedics might be equipped with handheld ultrasound devices like Butterfly’s iQ and artificial guidance with the immediate ultrasound correlates with rapidly recognising serious health issues. In the future, even patients might be provided with handheld ultrasound devices, so their caring physicians might, without directly seeing the patient, evaluate uploaded ultrasound findings. Furthermore, healthcare systems in developing countries may benefit immensely from affordable ultrasound devices [3031].

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